***+ $$ Jaulin-Plaisantin Les Hauts & Les Bas, Chinon, Loire, France, 2017: Wine Review & Rating = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background: I've enjoyed Loire Chinon wines in the past, but I haven't had an opportunity to review one for a time.  These are cabernet franc-based wines from south of Saumur, France, with a bit of cabernet sauvignon permitted, but not generally disclosed.   I'm looking forward to experiencing this moderately-priced Chinon red.

Inspired by Les Hauts & Les Bas: Out in the stables in the cool spring air, looking forward to giving the horses a good run.

Specs: The cabernet franc-based blend is finished at a mere 12.6% alcohol and first sampled five years from vintage date, in May, 2022.

In the glass: A deep, dusty mahogany, going opaque toward the center. 

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a soft, hay-like deep red fruit, very slight brett overtones.  

On the palate:   Brings a bright deep ripe blackberry fruit immediately to the foreground, separating into plums, berries and even a hint of pear as the sip matures.  Robust tannins pull the sip over to your cheeks, finishing intensely clean, without acid or sugar residue.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale for its layers and impeccable balance.  Notches a good value by our standards.  At five years of age, the bottle time feels just right for this wine now.

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